You’ve likely seen that quote before, maybe on a cheesy poster or on an inspirational Instagram post. As overrated as the quote may be, there’s nothing more true than that.
Most of us strive to be cheery, joyful people because we want to impact those around us in positive ways. That’s great to do, but beware of setting happiness as your main focus and goal. Being happy all the time unfortunately isn’t realistic. We all have moments where we don’t feel our best, where we feel lost, or where stress takes over and we feel overwhelmed. We develop an internal struggle when we ignore a ‘negative’ situation and pretend it doesn’t exist. Allow yourself to feel the tough emotions rather than sweep them under the rug and say everything is fine because you want to be the person who is always happy. It’s okay not to be happy 100% of the time.
What if you dealt with problems through a positive lens and really felt them, asking yourself, “What can I learn?” “How does this make me a better person?” This is what being a positive person means - seeing the benefits in everything and dealing with situations without a negative attitude. It doesn’t mean that you have to be really happy all of the time.
Happiness is a by-product of living a life that you love. It happens when you make a difference in others’ lives and derive fulfillment from doing so.